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We need the entire ecosystem to work, not just a single technology warns Bekele on tech adaption at the 2019 EurAfrican Forum

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Aug
25

CASCAIS, PortugalAug. 21, 2019PRLog — Last month on July 4th, the by invitation-only EurAfrican Forum brought together international dignitaries to address issues of the relationship between Europe and Africa. It was held for the second consecutive year in Portugal, on 4 and 5 July, at the NOVA School of Business and Economics in Cascais.

Organized by the Council of the Portuguese Diaspora, with the High Patronage of the Portuguese Presidency and the Government, and with the Cascais Town Hall as co-host, this second edition focused on the theme “Partnership between equals: sharing values, sharing prosperity”

Focusing Infrastructure need, Africa is about to become the world’s largest free trade area. Boosting competitiveness as active globalizers and with Europe eventually form a free-trade zone of 2 billion people. The huge potential for digital impact in Africa requires the implementation of the five foundations of a digital economy need to be in place – digital infrastructure, literacy and skills, financial services, platforms, and digital entrepreneurship and innovation.

During the EU-AF Economic Integration and Digital Infrastructure forum, Sophia Bekele said that,

“…even when we expand to the rural areas, we need the entire ecosystem to work! not just pieces of the new technologies, like when we were trying to implement the internet kiosk concept in the past. Most projects were actually failing due to this integration mistake.”

This comes at a time when only 35,9% of internet penetration happens in Africa compared with a 56% world average, and thus there is a huge and increasing demand for data and increasing opportunities for 5G and fibre, digital and broadband infrastructure investment.

Conversation Between Presidents  Eurafrican Forum 2019, July 4-5

Conversation Between Presidents Eurafrican Forum 2019, July 4-5

On his part, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Chairman of the EurAfrican Forum told the forum that “There is a shift in the way we are now looking into the relations between Europe and Africa, which I believe is much more constructive, both for Africa and for the European Union. (…) but it’s probably more important, more strategic to think how we can put societies together, creating a higher level of complicity between Africa and Europe.”

Filipe de Botton, President of the Board of the Portuguese Diaspora Council stated that “The mission of the Portuguese Diaspora Council was until today to help Portugal. We think today we should go to the next step: to motivate the African countries to create their own Diaspora Councils.”

The forum received thematic contributions of 40 international speakers, a participation of 450 participants, from 17 European countries and 24 African countries, including the participation of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, and His Excellency, the President the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

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https://conta.cc/31ZavYZ
https://www.prlog.org/12782027-we-need-the-entire-ecosystem-to-work-not-just-single-technology-warns-bekele-on-tech-adaption.html

CBSegroup attended the ‘Female Powerhouse Panel’ forum by Women in Wireless, San Fransisco

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Dec
17

San Francisco, December 2015: CBSegroup attended the ‘Female Powerhouse Panel’ forum facilitated by Women in Wireless, San Fransisco chapter held at the Zendesk Office, 1019 Market Street San Francisco.

Women in Wireless - San Francisco In November 4th 2015, The Women in Wireless SF chapter event brought four executive level women in a panel discussion around unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and strategies for females in a male dominated industry.

The panelists included Anne Frisbie, SVP & GM, Global Alliances at InMobi, Maria Dykstra, Managing Director at TreDigital, Maureen Little, SVP of Business and Corporate Development at Turn Inc., Michelle Carranza, Head of Global Advertising & Online Demand Gen at Zendesk. The panel was moderated by Kelly Spencer, Co-Head SF Chapter Women in Wireless

This panel discussion is within the ‘Inspire’ event series featuring inspirational content from women in mobile and digital. Delegates at the event were empowered with strategies to leverage own career growth, as well as networking with others in the space that support the Women in Wireless mission.

The Women in Wireless has 12,000+ members, 60+ volunteers, and is 10 Chapters strong, and their mission is to connect, inspire, and empower female leaders in the mobile and digital space through leadership development, mentoring, inspirational series of panels and webinars, job boards, philanthropic support for relevant charities and networking events. Their proximity to Silicon Valley gives a unique access to top female tech leaders in the space.

CBSegroup located at Silicon Valley, the  technology capital of the world, with an objective to support the transfer of technology and knowledge  to large and enterprise-wide organizations in emerging markets is glad to participate at such empowerment events to increase capacity of technology in a spheres of the economy.